It’s still brain tumor month here at Faith, Hope, and Love and today I’d like to discuss brain tumor statistics with you all.
However, as we unfortunately discovered, brain tumors are not actually all that rare and can happen in families just like ours.
Even doctors, as we personally discovered, often misdiagnose brain tumors because their symptoms match those of many other common and non-life threatening illnesses.
When my daughter, Bethany was diagnosed with a pilocytic astrocytoma, I remember thinking, “This can’t be happening to us! This kind of thing only happens in cheesy, tear jerking TV Movies of the Week or to people who write stories for Reader’s Digest!”
According to The American Brain Tumor Association The most recent brain tumor statistics are that:
- There are approximately 70,000 diagnoses of brain tumors every year with 4600 of those being children ages 0-19.
- There are approximately 700,000 people living with brain tumors in the United States.
- 550,042 tumors are benign
- 138,054 tumors are malignant
- It is estimated that 14,000 people will lose their battle with a brain tumor this year.
- Brain tumors are second only to Leukemia as a leading cause of cancer related deaths in children under age 20 and in males ages 20-39.
- Brain tumors are the fifth leading cause of cancer related deaths in females ages 20-39.
- Brain and central nervous system cancers are the most common cancer in children ages 0-19.
- There are more than 120 types of brain tumors.
- The most prevalent brain tumor types in adults are: Gliomas, such as glioblastoma multiforme, ependymomas, astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, and Meningiomas
- The most prevalent brain tumor types in children are: Astrocytomas, Medulloblastiomas, and Ependymomas
Brain tumors are not choosy.
Primary brain tumors (tumors that originate in the brain and usually stay in the brain) can happen to anyone.
However, statistics show that they are more commonly found in children and older adults.
Metastatic brain tumors (tumors that form in other parts of the body and spread to the brain) are more common in adults.
As always, if you are experiencing any of the common signs and symptoms of a brain tumor, please see a doctor.
It is always to better to be safe than sorry.
Click on Sharing Our Story or Bethany’s Brain Tumor Diagnosis to read more about my daughter’s battle with a life threatening brain tumor and how we almost lost her because even the emergency doctor misdiagnosed her symptoms and did not even consider that she might actually have a brain tumor!